Oct. 27, 1997

Notre Dame "B" Teams Compete at Central Collegiate Championships

Irish Prepare for BIG EAST Championships

Notre Dame, Ind.- The Notre Dame men's and women's B cross country teams competed at the Central Collegiate Championships on Friday, October 17. The men placed fifth while the women took home a sixth-place finish. Sophomore Sean McManus (Hernando, Fla.) led the men with a 20th-place finish as he ran to a time of 25:25, and Patti Rice (Mishawaka, Ind.) was the top finisher for the women as she placed 14th with a time of 18:31.

BIG EAST Championships Preview. Notre Dame travels to Bronx, N.Y., to compete in the BIG EAST cross country championships on Friday, October 31. The women's race begins at 10:30 a.m. while the men's race begins at 11:10 a.m. Providence is the defending champions for both the men and the women. This figures to be a highly competitive meet as four women's and two men's teams are currently ranked in the top 25. On the men's side, Notre Dame will look to improve on last year's fourth place finish as the ninth-ranked Irish are the highest ranked team at the BIG EAST Championships. Senior All-American Jason Rexing (Pickerington, Ohio) is the top returnee from last year's championships and will look to improve on last year's second-place finish. Junior Antonio Arce (Palmdale, Calif.) and freshman Ryan Shay (Central Lake, Minn.) have consistently been the two top runners for the Irish and will look to lead the Irish to their first-ever BIG EAST championship after finishing third in 1995 and fourth in 1996.

On the women's side, the Irish will look to surpass last year's fifth place finish. Sophomore All-American JoAnna Deeter (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) is the top returning finisher from last year's championships and has her eye on capturing first place after finishing a close second last year. Sophomore Alison Klemmer (Troy, Mich.) will compete in her first BIG EAST Championships and will look to continue her stellar season.

Central Collegiate Championships Review: On the men's side, the Irish finished with 162 points, finishing behind Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Senior Mike Conway (Springfield, Va.) was the second Irish finisher as he came in right behind McManus in 21st place with a time of 25:28, and junior Ryan Blaney (Toms River, N.J.) ran well as he finished in 26th place with a time of 25:32.

On the women's side, Notre Dame finished with 152 points, finishing behind Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, Michigan State, Bradley, and Western Michigan. Senior Heidi Reichenbach (Plainfield, Ill.) came in second for the Irish and 19th overall with a time of 18:37, and sophomore Denise Bakula (North Tonawanda, N.Y.) just missed placing in the top 30 as she finished 32nd with a time of 19:00.

October 20, 1997
No. Team                Pts.
 1. Stanford (10)       394
 2. Arkansas (6)        389
 3. Michigan            367
 4. Colorado            349
 5. Oregon              327
 6. Wisconsin           320
 7. Michigan State      296
 8. North Carolina St.  294
 9. NOTRE DAME          243
10. Washington State    240
11. Eastern Michigan    212
12. Weber State         182
13. Oklahoma State      177
14. Arizona             168
15. Missouri            160
16. Miami (Ohio)        158
17. Georgetown          138
18. Washington          120
19. William & Mary      106
20. BYU                  81
21. North Carolina       64
22. UCLA                 54
23. Iona                 51
24. Minnesota            41
25. Princeton            40

Lynx Timing System 
October 14, 1997

No. Team                Pts.
 1. Stanford (9)        225
 2. BYU                 215
 3. Wisconsin           208
 4. Oregon              194
 5T.Providence          184
 5T Colorado            184
 7. Villanova           173
 8. Arkansas            159
 9. North Carolina St.  155
10. Dartmouth           147
11. Georgetown          126
12. North Carolina      120
13. William & Mary      111
14. Michigan            109
15. Boston College       90
16. Colorado State       89
17. Nebraska             76
18. Florida              74
19. Weber  State         51
20. UCLA                 49
21. Northern Arizona     37
22. Washington           28
23. Coastal Carolina     26
24. Marquette            20
25. Baylor               19  

Event Calendar

October 16
12:00 PM
Wisconsin Invitational
Madison, Wis. (Thomas Zimmer Cross Country Course)
October 23
11:00 AM
Illini Open
Champaign, Ill. (Univ. of Ill. Arboretum)
October 30
ACC Championship
Tallahassee, Fla. (Apalachee County Park)
November 13
12:00 PM
NCAA Great Lakes Regional
Madison, Wis. (Thomas Zimmer Cross Country Course)
November 21
12:00 PM
NCAA Championship
Louisville, Ky. (EP Tom Sawyer State Park)

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